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Tony the tradie can fix it

21 June 2014

The Top Tucker Takeaway near my Melbourne suburban office just changed owners, and the other day I ordered a large hot chocolate and was charged $5. Previously the price was… Read more

Diary

8 February 2014

Here in Patterson Lakes — Melbourne’s Mecca for cashed-up tradies and tattooed ladies — Tony Abbott has an image problem. Being a man so often pictured in his swimwear, the… Read more

Treasurer Joe Hockey Photo: Firdia Lisnawati/AP/PA Images

End the Age of Entitlement

19 October 2013

Recently my wife ran into a spot of bother. At the motor registry to pay her overdue rego, she discovered that it was just past the grace period for late… Read more

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The Spectator correctly predicted that Australia would regain the Ashes

31 August 2013

Australia have regained the Ashes, much to the dismay of the British side. But did the Spectator predict this might happen months ago? Here’s Terry Barnes’s piece from August, in which… Read more

Media regulation begins at home

23 March 2013

As Julia Gillard surveys the smoking ruins of her leadership amid Stephen Conroy’s ill-judged media regulation push, and a panicked Labor caucus run hither and thither looking for the last… Read more

Lights out in Kath & Kim country

5 January 2013

Patterson Lakes is a bayside suburb on the southern fringe of Melbourne. Reclaimed from swamp in the 1970s, ‘Patto’ is built on a network of man-made coves and canals opening… Read more